For some, the word Veganuary echos in a haunting way. The thought of cutting out not just meat and fish but eggs and don’t even get us started on the cheese, is far too much. We do want to do our bit for the planet but need a transition phase…But, Flexitarianism seems like a fad that just allows you to pick and choose when to be vegetarian and when to give in to your meat cravings. Then came Meat-Free Monday. A commitment that is easy to make and even easier to uphold.
What is Meat-Free Monday?
It is exactly what you think, start your week meat free. This may seem like a lousy contribution to cutting your carbon footprint, but every little reduction is helpful! The campaign was created by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009 to promote ecology and personal health, the idea being people would extend one day into two and more as they see the benefits and ease of a plant-based diet.
Benefits for the environment
‘Cowspiracy’ did not turn everyone vegan, but it certainly highlighted the heavy burden of the meat industry on the environment. Cows are the worst culprit, they require huge quantities of water for feeding yet animal waste pollutes natural water sources. Cows emit harmful methane gas further damaging the environment.Even worse, trees are cut down to gain space for grazing and farms. As a result, cutting meat and animal based products out of your diet for just one day is a step in the right direction.
Benefits for your health
Think of your 5 a day but to the extreme! A plant-based diet contains much less cholesterol and fat reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. A weekly fix may not achieve a full body cleanse but it can set you on the right track.
Make Meat-Free Monday your New Year’s Resolution
So, bite the bullet and make Meat-Free Monday your resolution, next year you could be ready to transition to vegetarianism or even veganism! Alternatively, host a plant-based dinner party, with a private Chef for culinary creations without the carbon footprint!